Gujarat seeks Odisha help on cyclone

Gujarat seeks Odisha help on cyclone


The Army, Air Force and Disaster Response Teams have been put on standby on the Gujarat coast ahead of the expected landfall of 'very severe cyclonic storm' Vayu, and the Coast Guard has kept its ships and aircraft on the ready.

The Gujarat government, which has begun evacuating 3 lakh people from the coast, has contacted the Odisha Government seeking advice on how to avert serious life and property damage.

Naveen Patnaik’s Government, praised for its handling of Cyclone Fani, which made landfall on May 3, has assured 'all help' to Gujarat, Odisha chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said.

'Gujarat chief secretary Jagdip Narayan Singh called me and discussed the measures to be taken before and after the landfall,' Padhi said.'We have already faced Cyclone Fani and Cyclone Titli (last October). We can help them with everything, from evacuation to rehabilitation. I shared our experience and expertise with him.'

Ahead of Fani, the Odisha Government had evacuated 12 lakh people within 24 hours. After the 1999 super-cyclone that   devastated Odisha and killed more than 10,000 people, the state had focused on building its infrastructure, manpower and skills for disaster management and preparedness.